Begin Calls On Judge to Retract

Newspaper: Jewish Herald
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10 In sept 1963
Individuals - David Ben-Gurion, Levi Eshkol, Moshe Dayan. Jewish Heritage - Holocaust. Foreign Policy - Israel-Germany Relationship. Religion and State - Who is a Jew?
Begin criticizes Justice Chaim Cohen for equating the rabbinical decision for the "Who is a Jew?" debate with the Nuremberg Laws. Begin first reminds his readers that it was David Ben-Gurion who introduced such hypocritical rhetoric. Begin argues that it is neither racialist nor Hitlerist for Jews to have negative feelings towards today's Germany. Begin speaks against accepting reparations from Germany. He then shifts to the incident at the "American – Israel Dialogue" event in Jerusalem, where Judge Cohen compared the decision of "Who is a Jew?" to a "racialistic approach propagated by the Nazis." Begin quotes what Judge Cohen said and then argues why Judge Cohen's words were completely inaccurate. Begin provides an example of when Churchill retracted a statement he once made, and then requests for Judge Cohen to do the same—retract his words.